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The purpose of outreach and collaboration with special interest groups and related organization is nicely served as almost all these reputed butterfly experts, writers and researchers are now active Wikipedian and WLB project team members.

Here are the names and brief information about these reputed figures:

Organization Concerned

Nature Mates- Nature Club

Laboratory and Interpretation Center for Butterfly Research, Prakiti Tirtha (New Town Eco Park) butterfly garden.

Nature Mates- Nature Club [1] is a research and development based NGO of early 90's devoted to activities to take care of Nature and all her inhabitants. Their sole motto is to make nature our common mate. This NGO hosts a good number of dedicated people from different fields contributing their best to serve mother nature through a friendly and care taking approach to her. They aptly and proudly term them Green People.

Through their several publication in the form of books and research papers etc, they aim at delivering necessary and valuable information about scientific and naturalistic views on nature and its inhabitants.

Person Concerned

Arjan Basu Roy: Butterfly experts, founding member of Nature Mates, Curator of Butterfly Garden at Banabitan,Salt Lake and Technical supervisor and Developer of a number of Butterfly gardens owned by Forest Department, Government of West Bengal and Kolkata Municipal Corporation.[2][3]

Why collaboration with Nature Mates

  • The expertized views, opinions and suggestions of team Nature Mates shall definitely enrich our knowledge and meet up our queries regarding the butterfly kingdom.
  • They are the best lot to be collaborated with since they are solely involved and gloriously working in the much less known field of butterfly conservation's in West Bengal with reportedly good success rate.
  • Collaboration with Nature Mates appears to be of immense importance to us as they say in prints- If any support is needed,please bother to knock us.
  • This special interest group is one of the worthiness to come under the cover of our out-reach target.
  • Their large volume of books, periodicals and research articles shall be of immense help in developing many articles related to butterfly kingdom.
  • Since the Nature Mates supervise and maintain all the butterfly gardens in West Bengal, the prospect of visiting core area for photography and documentation is verily possible.

Probable upcoming programs with Nature Mates

  • Coming back from Jayanti and Lepchakha project we have a plan of meeting in the office of Nature Mates with pictures and documents found thereon for proper identification and scientific categorization of the species.   Done
  • Planning of future prospect of workshop and online edit-a-thons in collaboration with Nature Mates keeping in view their vast collection of books and periodicals.
  • Planning of enhancement of our out reach target by involving the members of Nature Mates in Wikipedia as a very special interest group researching and developing in the domain of Butterfly.

National Centre for Biological sciences

National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS)[4] in Bangalore, Karnataka, is a research centre specialising in biological research.

Person Concerned

Malabar Nature Conservation Club

It is an NGO connected with nature conservation from Amboli,Maharashtra, which conducts environment awareness programs in the local schools.

Person Concerned

Mr. Hemanth Ogale: Noted lepidopterist, macro photography expert.[3]

Bombay Natural History Society

The Bombay Natural History Society is one of the largest non-governmental organisations in India engaged in conservation and biodiversity research.

Person Concerned

Isaac Kehimkar: He is the deputy director of Bombay Natural History Society and author of many books and research papers on butterfly and wild flowers.[8]

Other Persons Concerned

  • Mr. Rudra Prasad Das: He is a doctoral research fellow, doing research on butterfly communities of West Bengal. He is also attached with UNEP-GEF-ABS Project under The West Bengal Biodiversity Board as a Technical Assistant.[9][3]
  • Mr. Judhajit Dasgupta: Butterfly expert and first writer of books on Butterfly in Bengali language.

Wiki Walks Through Nature

In course of our Butterfly fields work at different spots, we have also encountered and photo documented other things of interest like birds, mammals, reptiles etc.

North-East Butterfly Meet-2017 (Season-IV)

The participation of WLB team in the National level Butterfly meet organised by Butterfly and Moths of Sikkim-Nature Conservation Society (BAMOS-NCS) And Butterflies of North Eastern India Group in Dzongu Valley, North Sikkim is a matter of high importance and broader perspective specially in terms of collaborative approach and outreach prospect outside West Bengal. The said meet was a 3 days event (3rd-5th September, 2017) covering butterfly exploration, data collection, field work, amidst different butterfly infested spots of Dzongu Valley, North Sikkim along with talks, discussion, identification project slide show and so on about butterfly species. The meet congregated 40 participants, from different states of India, the butterfly enthusiast of Sikkim, butterfly experts from different states,research scholars, bureaucrats and officials of Department of Forest, Govt. of Sikkim and a good number of students from four local schools etc. Ananya and Sandip from WLB project team participated in the meet, delivered speech about the vast prospective world of Wikimedia movement and WLB project in that all India platform, invited and motivated people to the glorious world of Wikipedia and presented SWAG materials (post cards) of WLB project to the dignitaries, organizers, participants and specially the school students. The prospect of WLB project, its aim and goal is largely there and highly appreciated. Ananya and Sandip also worked and discussed with the experts there about the comparative study of the available butterfly species and subspecies of West Bengal and Sikkim. The meet was supported by Forest department of Sikkim, Kanchendzonga Conservation Committee, Indian Himalayan Center for Adventure and Eco Tourism (IHCAE),Chemchey, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)[10], World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)[11], Bombay Natural History Society (BHNS), Aaranyak Nature Club[12] and Flutters.

We have also made collaborative as well as personal approach to the butterfly enthusiasts of different states of India and inspired and motivated them to join Wikimedia movement and start submitting contribution to Wikimedia Commons.

The species photographed, identified and documented there on are listed below.


Common Name Binominal Name Ventral view Dorsal view Articles Develops so far
Tufted Ace Sebastonyma dolopia(Hewitson)   Done   Done
Great Swift Pelopidas assamensis(de Nicéville)   Done   Done
Yellow-spot Swift Polytremis eltola (Hewitson)   Done   Done   Done
Austen's swift Caltoris cahira austeni(Moore)   Done   Done
Dark palm dart Telicota bambusae(Moore)   Done
Chocolate demon Ancistroides nigrita(Latreille)   Done   Done   Done
Yellow Flat Mooreana trichoneura (Felder & Felder)   Done   Done
Spotted Snow Flat Tagiades menaka (Moore)   Done
Tricolor Pied Flat Coladenia indrani (Moore)   Done
Veined Scrub Hopper Aeromachus stigmata (Moore)   Done   Done
Brown Bush Bob Pedesta pandita (de Nicéville)   Done


Common Name Binominal Name Ventral view Dorsal view Articles Develops so far
Punchinello Zemeros flegyas (Cramer)   Done   Done   Done
Spot Judy Abisara chela (de Nicéville)   Done   Done


Common Name Binominal Name Ventral view Dorsal view Articles Develops so far
Great Darkie Miletographa drumila(Moore)   Done
Metallic Cerulean Jamides alecto (Felder)   Done
Purple Sapphire Heliophorus epicles (Godart)   Done   Done   Done
Long-banded Silverline Spindasis lohita(Horsfield)   Done
Common Hedge Blue Acytolepis puspa(Horsfield)   Done
Blue Tit Chliaria kina(Hewitson)   Done
Pale Grass Blue Pseudozizeeria maha(Kollar)   Done   Done


Common Name Binominal Name Ventral view Dorsal view Articles Develops so far
Straight-banded Treebrown Lethe verma(Kollar)   Done
Common earl Tanaecia julii (Lesson)   Done   Done
Yellow Coster Acraea issoria (Hübner)   Done   Done
Spotted Palmfly Elymnias malelas (Hewitson)   Done   Done
Indian Tortoiseshell Aglais caschmirensis (Kollar)   Done   Done   Done
Blue Duke Bassarona durga (Moore)   Done   Done   Done
Long-branded Bushbrown Mycalesis visala (Moore)   Done
Common Maplet Chersonesia risa (Doubleday)   Done   Done   Done
Tabby Pseudergolis wedah (Kollar)   Done   Done   Done
Chocolate Pansy Junonia iphita (Cramer)   Done   Done   Done
Popinjay Stibochiona nicea (Gray)   Done   Done   Done
Club Beak Libythea myrrha (Godart)   Done
Red Lacewing Cethosia biblis (Drury)   Done   Done
Northern Common Jester Symbrenthia lilaea(Hewitson)   Done   Done
Staff Sergeant Athyma selenophora(Kollar)   Done
Bhutan Sergeant Athyma jina(Moore)   Done   Done
Indian Nawab Charaxes bharata (Felder & Felder)   Done


Common Name Binominal Name Ventral view Dorsal view Articles Develops so far
Red-base Jezebel Delias pasithoe (Linnaeus)   Done   Done
Yellow Jezebel Delias agostina (Hewitson)   Done   Done
Asian Cabbage White Pieris canidia (Linnaeus)   Done


Common Name Binominal Name Ventral view Dorsal view Articles Develops so far
Red Helen Papilio helenus (Linnaeus)   Done   Done   Done
Common Peacock Papilio bianor (Cramer)   Done
Yellow Helen Papilio nephelus (Boisduval)   Done   Done
Glassy Bluebottle Graphium cloanthus(Westwood)   Done   Done


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